iNaturalist Project

Become part of a worldwide team of outdoor lovers as we photograph and record the plants and animals of James River Park on iNaturalist, a website that is creating a “living record of life on Earth” (read about iNaturalist).

Your digital photographs and sound file records will document the species in the Park, but don’t worry if you are not an expert in photography or species identification. Beginners welcome and encouraged, and this is a great resource for teachers!

Become a flora and fauna explorer

Arm yourself with notepaper, pencil and camera and hit the trails of the James River Park. Not sure where to go, or looking for a new location? Check out the Visit the Park and Maps pages on this site.

Also, make sure you explore the resources in the Science in the Park section. You’ll find animal factsheets, park species checklists and field guides throughout this mini-site. Not a teacher? No problem — hit the Teacher Resources section for easy access to downloadable PDFs.

Join our Team!

We have created an iNaturalist project. Help us catalog the great biodiversity that we have here in the James River Park.

Visit the James River Park System iNaturalist Project 

Create an account with

To join our iNaturalist Team, you will need to create an account. Once you have joined, you will need to join the Project. Once you have joined, you will be able to add your observations (photos and sounds) to the Park map by clicking on the red ‘ADD OBSERVATIONS’ banner. Be sure to either take a lat/long or remember where you were so you can place your data point on the map.

If you are not sure what species you have photographed, you can select ‘ID Please’ under the Observations tab and other folks will weigh in on your post.

We want lots of people to join and contribute! This will help us track the animals and plants in the Park over time, so don’t worry if the species you saw is already on the site. Your observation might be in a different location or at a different time of year, and that tells us something new. Many eyes see many things!

© 2020, Science in the Park • Questions? Contact Anne Wright, [email protected]